Short Story: Unseen And Unknown

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Veronica Tan


We all fear the unknown. Away from our comfort zone, it makes us shiver in fear. Yet, sometimes the simplest thing in life can bring you despair. The simplest, most normal thing...


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Tick, tock, tick, tock,

Tell me what you see not

Do you know what's the most dangerous thing in life? It's a corner. Not poison nor a knife or even a murderer,but a corner instead. Lunatic. Imbecile. Weird. These are probably the words running through your head right now. The words you are using to describe me. It's very hard to deny the possibility that you are right. In fact you are most likely correct. Yet, my reasoning for this is sound. Corners are and forever will be my demons in life.

It's such a paradox to do so,

For secrets are well hidden to make sure no one knows

Tell me, normally, if you are turning a corner, would you know what lies beyond the bend beforehand? Obviously not. Predicting the future is not a possible feat for humans. Therefore, corners hold unpredictable danger and disappointment for us. By the way, please stop pretending you…

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Nik Eveleigh Guest Editor said "Hi Veronica - Adam has beaten me to the Murakami suggestion but given what I've read of your stories so far I think you'll love his work. You've got a lot of style and a great imagination - can't wait to see what comes next. Cheers, Nik"
4 years ago
Veronica Tan replied saying "Yeah, I've read a bit recently and I do think it's amazing. Thanks for reading! =)"
4 years ago
Adam West Guest Editor said "If you are not familiar with Haruki Murakami, Veronica, you could do yourself a favour and acquaint yourself with his own particular brand of weirdness - I am sure he would approve of yours - highly original presentation here that took a little time to warm to but no matter having read your other piece I felt assured I I would be rewarded if I stuck with this - many thanks, Adam"
4 years ago
Veronica Tan replied saying "Thanks for reading, Adam! Yes, I'm quite familiar with the name though I haven't managed to obtain any of his works. I'm glad you decided to stick to this and I do hope it has not disappointed. =)"
4 years ago
Diane Dickson Guest Editor said "Very well constructed, I liked the little poetic interludes very much they added to the overall spookiness. I did like the metaphor about corners. It was a great style and the pace was spot on, I assume that the photograph is meant to show the deviousness of the wife and a hidden life although I am not totally sure. Nevertheless this was a well written and enjoyable read, a bit different but especially good for that reason. - Diane"
4 years ago
Veronica Tan replied saying "Thanks for reading, Diane! Well, almost something like that. Deviousness, yes but past hidden life would be more accurate. =)"
4 years ago
James McEwan Guest Editor said "Well done Veronica, I liked the metaphor of the corner being a decision point in life. Not sure how anyone can fail to notice such a minor difference of man/woman. However I think this is more about honesty. I liked the structure and how the narrative completmented the poetic interludes. But still turning corners can also be an opportunity. James."
4 years ago
Veronica Tan replied saying "Thanks for reading, James! Actually, I wasn't too sure myself but I decided to give this a try anyway. I pretty much thought that if there are male sex changes and it is possible that they can look better than actual women, then not noticing the difference can be possible as well. Anyhow, love can make us blind sometimes. =)"
4 years ago
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Veronica Tan replied saying "Yeah, you're right. It is kind of fuzzy, I'll try to make it clearer. Thanks for reading! =)"
4 years ago
Victor Smith said "This was an interesting story, Veronica. You write with assurance. I enjoyed it. Vic"
4 years ago
Veronica Tan replied saying "Thank you for reading! =)"
4 years ago

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